2016 gave us a bunch of mediocre films, and a handful of great films. While I don’t think it’s necessarily fair to compare the two, TV knocked Film out of the park in 2016. With that being said, there really are a few films that I truly loved from this past year. Continue reading
My love for “television” started on September 22, 2004.
That’s the day that Lost premiered on ABC, and it completely changed how I watched TV. In all of those years since I started taking TV seriously, 2016 is, without question, the best year of TV watching I have experienced.
Everything was just so damn good this year, and while I was only able to give my full attention to a handful of shows out of the 400+ scripted series currently airing, I’m very happy with what I saw. Continue reading
I did something different in 2016 – I decided to keep track of everything I watched.
Why? Who knows.
Since January 1st, 2016, I wrote down every movie, episode of television, and live event I watched in the Notes app on my iPhone.
If my count is correct, I watched 80 movies and 317 episodes of TV in 2016.
I can go on and on about how 2016 has been a defining year for television, but in some ways, I think 2016 has also been a defining year for podcasts. Fueled by the stranger-than-fiction presidential election, podcasts became more than just a source of entertainment, they became a constant and fully-realized source of news and news analysis. And with the election of Donald Trump, I don’t think news podcasts are going away anytime soon.
It seems that everyone listens to a podcast or two or many now, which makes sense considering there is literally a podcast for every interest. I listen to a number of them on a daily basis that range from topics as broad as “politics” to as specific as a deep dive into the show “Mr. Robot”.
Out of the many shows I listened to this year, a few stood out above the rest.
Here are my favorite podcasts of 2016: Continue reading
It’s been nearly three years since the release of “Reflektor”, Arcade Fire’s fourth album. Everything leading up to the album’s release was incredibly exciting if you were even a casual Arcade Fire fan. I remember some of the things that stand out that propelled my excitement for the album at the time:
- It was going to be a double album with a runtime of nearly an hour and a half
- The pre-release promotional stuff was everywhere
- Arcade Fire performed on Saturday Night Live prior to the release, and NBC even gave them a half-hour special that aired directly afterwords that featured a number of stars.
- Rolling Stone gave the album a glowing review a month before it was released
- All the singles released were very promising
2016 hasn’t been that great.
I could go on and on about Donald Trump, or Orlando, or Brexit to explain why, but I think most people get it.
Pop culture has become more than something I like. It’s becoming, more and more, something I find comfort in.
And luckily, pop culture hasn’t disappointed this year. In fact, so far, things have been pretty good, especially on the TV front. Continue reading
Hundreds of movies came out in 2015. As of February 24th, 2016, I’ve seen 41 of them. And I liked a lot of them. Below is my ranking of all 41 of those films:
Another year has come and gone, and what a year it’s been, blah, blah, blah.
Okay, I’m going to skip all the formalities and just get to it.
The following was my favorite pop culture stuff from the year 2015. Continue reading
As of today, I’ve watched 14 television shows this year.
Not enormously impressive, I know, but I was impressed in what I saw this year.
Some shows, like Better Call Saul, surprised me in how good they were.
Others, like True Detective, are examples of high hopes shattered into billions of pieces.
I think the best way to to commemorate my thoughts on the year in television is to rank what I have seen, and then talk about what some of my favorite TV things were in 2015.
So, without further ado… Continue reading
If I controlled this year’s Oscars, the ballot would look quite different than it already looks. What follows is who I would nominate, as well as who I would pick to win the big prize (winners are in bold). Continue reading